Salt Creek Beach tunnel boasts new mural

April 4, 2018 by  

Aleena Malik, a 16-year-old art student at Dana Hills High School, has seen her vision for the Salt Creek Beach tunnel realized after her entry was chosen from around 200 competing mural designs.

A mural has graced the Dana Point tunnel for decades, but 30 years and the accompanying saltwater spray had eroded the image. About 18 months ago Orange County Parks contacted the art department of Dana Hills High about creating a new one.

The department’s chair, Natalie Hfibar-Kelly, and Krista Rodriquez, art teacher, decided to use the project as a teaching tool. Students developed their own ideas and submitted them as part of a mural design contest.

Malik’s mural came to life the last week of March, with painting taking place every day 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and now the millions will see it as they pass through the tunnel on their way to the beach. When the time comes for a new brochure printing order, the mural will almost certainly be included and in time will likely become as much of a fixture as the old one.

The new mural measures 22 X 50 feet and was chosen by a panel of 10 that included OC Parks’ South Coastal Operations senior park ranger Vlesydi Loveland, and depicts Salt Creek’s strong association with surfing.